Legislative Update

Associated Builders and Contractors Congratulates President-elect Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 9–Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today released the following statement on the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States.

“Associated Builders and Contractors congratulates President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence and looks forward to working with this administration to craft policies rooted in free enterprise that will encourage open competition and result in greater business investment and more construction jobs,” said ABC President and CEO Michael Bellaman.

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Current Washington Legislative Standings

Lynda Wilson (Republican) is leading strongly in Vancouver 17th District for the seat Don Benton vacated upon retirement.

Hans Zeiger (Republican) is leading in the 25th in Puyallup for the seat Bruce Dammier vacated.

Maureen Walsh is leading in Walla Walla 16th District for the seat Mike Hewitt vacated. Read the rest of entry »

WA Election Results: Stay the Course

November 8, 2016, general election results bring more of the same.

Among several ballot initiatives, voters approved an increase in the statewide minimum wage to $13.50 by 2020 with 60 percent of the vote (I-1433), but also defeated a proposed carbon tax by 41% to 59% (I-732).

Governor Jay Inslee was re-elected with 56% of the vote.  Democratic state Senator Cyrus Habib (D-Bellevue) also won with 56% of the vote.  Attorney General Bob Ferguson was re-elected handily.

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IPC-ABC Endorsements

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DOL Final Rule on Paid Sick Leave and EEOC Final Revisions to EEO-1 Report

On September 29, the federal government issued the following regulations of interest to ABC stakeholders:

·         the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued the final rule on paid sick leave

·         the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued the revised Employer Information Report or EEO-1


DOL’s Final Rule on Paid Sick Leave


The final rule will require certain federal contractors to offer employees up to seven days (56 hours) of paid sick leave annually, including paid leave for family care.  The paid sick leave required by the final rule is in addition to a contractor’s obligations under the Service Contract Act (SCA) and Davis-Bacon Act (DBA).  Therefore, a contractor may not receive credit toward its prevailing wage or fringe benefit obligation under the SCA and DBA for paid sick leave provided in satisfaction of the requirements of the final rule.

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Protect Spokane Jobs and Vote NO on Prop 1

The Worker Bill of Rights is made up of four components 
that could impact any individual employed by any business, including non-profits, healthcare establishments, schools and government agencies on a full-time, part-time, temporary or seasonal basis, including independent contractors, and contracted, contingent and temporary workers who perform any portion of their employment in Spokane. Learn more about this detrimental new proposition for Spokane Businesses. Read the rest of entry »

Appeals Court Upholds Idaho Law Protecting Fair and Open Competition on Public Construction Projects

Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and ABC’s Inland Pacific Chapter today celebrated a victory when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit set aside a lower court’s decision against an Idaho law that banned government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on taxpayer-funded construction projects.
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ABC Opposes NLRB's Joint Employer Ruling Uprooting Decades-Old Standards

Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) released the following statement in response to today’s National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) joint employer ruling in the Browning-Ferris Industries of California case.
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Idaho and Washington Update - May 5, 2015

In Idaho

The Idaho Legislature adjourned officially on April 11th after a long and arduous debate over a number of issues, the most prominent of which was a Transportation Funding Bill.  Unable to agree the Senate and House finally convened a conference committee which hammered out the final bill.

In Washington State

Last week the Washington Legislature began what could be a 30-day special session.  The primary items on the agenda for the special session are the three budgets for the 2015-2017 biennium—operating budget, transportation budget and capital budget.  After a brief flurry of committee hearings and floor debate most legislators headed for home while only budget negotiators remained in Olympia for the first couple weeks of the special session.

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EMPLOYERS TAKE HEED NLRB Ambush Election Rule Effective April 14, 2015

The National Labor Relations Board’s ambush election final rule goes into effect tomorrow, April 14, 2015.* Under the final rule, the amount of time between when a union files a representation petition and an election takes place will be dramatically reduced from the current average of 38 days. The shortened time period for union elections will place a premium on rapid response by employers to union organizing activity.

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